Archie Mountbatten-Windsor is attending pre-school, playing doctors with his mother and beatboxing with his father, a new interview has revealed.
The Duchess of Sussex, 41, has told how she and Harry are teaching three-year-old Archie that ‘manners make a man’ and how she reminds him to say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’.
Inviting The Cut magazine into a typical day in her life in Montecito, California, Meghan played with toddler Archie and did the school run as she discussed the couple’s new stateside lifestyle.
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex has revealed how grown-up Archie is now ready for full days at pre-school, is learning about the issue of homelessness and being taught good manners
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex (pictured) left the UK for the US in early 2020 after stepping down as senior members of the Royal Family and now live in Montecito, California
Meghan, 41, has been profiled by The Cut magazine where she discussed parenthood in California and her new, long-awaited Spotify podcast, Archetypes
The beginning of the interview captured a sweet moment when little Archie ran up to his mother and asked her to listen to his heart with his wooden toy stethoscope.
The mother-of-two enthusiastically obliged, pretending she could hear her son’s heartbeat before the giggling tot ran out of the room again.
Later, when she went to pick up Archie from pre-school where he is currently doing half-days, he bounded up to his mother to give her an enormous hug – and even dropped his lunchbox on the floor amid the excitement.
The independent toddler devoured a quesadilla in the back seat of the car on the drive back home while asking to wind down the window himself for some fresh air.
As Archie was sent home for the day, his teachers gave Meghan a letter that confirmed the grown-up toddler was ready for full days of pre-school.
Last week Meghan launched her long-awaited Spotify podcast, Archetypes, in which she speaks about how women are subject to stereotypes and ‘labels’
Meghan’s first guest was long-time friend and 23-time grand slam winning tennis player, Serena Williams, who discussed her frustration at being asked how she juggles tennis with parenting when her husband is never asked the same question
Perhaps explaining why he was devouring the quesadilla, the letter added Archie had not eaten his lunch that day.
As well as teaching their eldest to have good manners, Meghan told The Cut she and Harry are educating him about homelessness – and even enlisted him to put kits together for the homeless which contained granola bars.
‘I ate one,’ he said.
When Meghan arrived back home with her son, the interviewer recalled how Archie ran up to his father and threw his arms around his legs.
Then the Duke of Sussex began to beatbox while Archie danced along and Meghan joined in.
As Harry and Meghan embrace a more normal life since stepping down as senior members of the Royal Family, they spend their weekends ferrying their children around like most ordinary parents would.
Meghan recalled how she and Harry attended a birthday party for a friend of Archie’s and she climbed into the bouncy castle to play – much to the surprise of other parents there.
Elsewhere in the interview Meghan addressed the couple’s strained relationship with the Royal Family and said ‘forgiveness is really important’.
Last week Meghan launched her long-awaited Spotify podcast, Archetypes, in which she invites guests to speak about the ways in which women are stereotyped using certain labels.
The first episode saw Meghan joined by her long-time friend and tennis legend Serena Williams, who attended the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in 2018.
The 23-time grand slam winner, 40, aired her frustration at being asked how she balances work with being a parent – noting her husband Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit, is never asked that question.
During the one-hour discussion with her friend, the Duchess claimed she was made to feel ambition was ‘terrible, terrible thing’ when she first started dating Prince Harry.
She said there was a misconception that ‘if you’re an ambitious woman you have an agenda, you must be calculating or selfish or aggressive, or a climber’.
The first episode of the podcast series also included a bombshell claim from Meghan that a nursery Archie was sleeping in ‘caught fire’ while her family was on a royal tour of South Africa in 2019.
The Duchess recalled being told one of the heaters in Archie’s room had caught alight while she was addressing women and girls of the Nyanga township in Cape Town.
Meghan said: ‘There was this moment where I’m standing on a tree stump and I’m giving this speech to women and girls, and we finish the engagement, we get in the car and they say there’s been a fire at the residence. What? There’s been a fire in the baby’s room.’
Meghan added: ‘We came back. And, of course, as a mother, you go, ‘Oh, my God, what?’ Everyone’s in tears, everyone’s shaken. And what do we have to do? Go out and do another official engagement. I said, ‘This doesn’t make any sense’.’
After popping back to the UK to attend the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations in June Harry and Meghan are due back in Europe next month for a fleeting visit – passing through Manchester, Dusseldorf and London.
However a royal expert claimed the couple were unlikely to visit the Queen during their trip.
Phil Dampier told MailOnline he would be ‘very surprised’ if the couple made the journey to Balmoral, where Her Majesty is likely to remain for the next few weeks.
He added the ‘family rift is getting worse, not better’.